Author Horace Greeley said “Go West young man” and the Hamilton Bulldogs will take that advice. Looking to add some punch to the American Hockey League’s most lethargic offence, the Bulldogs have signed San Francisco Bulls forward Dean Ouellet to a Professional Try-Out Contract.
At the same time, the Bulldogs assigned forward Alexander Avtsin to the Wheeling Nailers, also of the East Coast Hockey League.
The 25-year-old Ouellet, who will be on loan from the Bulls, has played 66 games this season for San Fran registering 52 points (24 goals, 28 assists) and 75 penalty minutes. His scoring numbers place him first on the team in assists and second in goals and points. The 5’11”, 184-pound forward played four seasons for the University of Moncton from 2008-12 and posted 118 points (49 goals, 69 assists) and 104 penalty minutes in 109 regular season games.
He led the university in scoring (30 points) during the 2010-11 season and 2011-12 (34 points). The native of Edmunston, N.B., spent four campaigns – 2004-08 – playing for the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and produced 258 points (107 goals, 151 assists) and 292 penalty minutes in 250 regular season games.
The Bulldogs rank last in the AHL for goals scored with 129. The next closest team is the Abbostford Heat with 142.
The Bulls are an affiliate of the San Jose Sharks.
Avtsin, 22, played 15 games for the Bulldogs this season had had five points from two goals and three helpers with four penalty minutes.